Oct 31 AT 10:30 AM Nick Gray 22 Comments

AT&T announces 4G LTE enabled HTC Vivid, the Holiday we’ve been waiting for

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AT&T customers looking for a shiny new HTC device to purchase will be able to grab the new HTC Vivid starting on November 6. The HTC Vivid is the first phone from HTC capable of connecting to AT&T’s new 4G LTE network, which will expand to 9 markets on November 6. These include Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Athens GA, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas – Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

The Vivid features some pretty nice specs. Like a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel rear-camera with dual-LED flash with a f2.2 28mm wide angle lens (also capable of capturing 1080p video at 60 frames per second), a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 16 GB of internal storage.

If these specs sound familiar, it’s probably because the phone was previously known as the HTC Holiday. We’ve been talking about for a few months now. As expected, the phone will be running on Android 2.3.4 with HTC Sense 3.0, but we expect HTC and AT&T will be pushing out an Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime after the holiday season.

The HTC Vivid will be available in black or white for $199.99 with a two-year contract. It’s nice to see AT&T launch a premium handset with 4G capabilities without tacking on the additional $50-100 premium we’ve been seeing from Verizon. We’re still not sold on the HTC Vivid’s design aesthetics, but we’re willing to look past them because it’s the first high-end phone from HTC on AT&T since Q1 of this year.

What do you guys think of the HTC Vivid? Will it make your shopping list this holiday season?

Source: AT&T

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • GeauxLSU

    With these 2 AT&T phnones launching on the 6th, Verizon better announce a date for the Galaxy Nexus soon.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    OEMs really seem to be making more than just one flagship phone these days. Is it just me or ever since the iPhone exclusivity to AT&T dissolved there seems to be even more of a choice, especially on AT&T.

    I left AT&T for Sprint/EVO when the EVO launched because I was convinced AT&T would never embrace Android. Boy was I wrong. Now I’m on Verizon with a Droid 3 (got a DX2 to get unlimited data first and then bought off contract the D3) and couldn’t be happier. Verizon has such a great line of Android products and I don’t give a shit that I can’t talk and look up something on the web at the same time. That feature is totally overrated. I don’t even use my phone to talk on, just text/message and browse.

    • Mark

      Thanks for contributing absolutely nothing to the post’s topic, dumbass. No one cares about your phone feature preferences.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        Way to contribute yourself, jackass.

        I would like to think Motorola, HTC, Apple, and every other phone manufacturer on the planet DOES care about my phone preference, hell they care about your own phone preference too. Why? Because they won’t customers.

        I’m basically bitching about how there isn’t a “flagship” phone anymore, it’s just one awesome phone after another (which I shouldn’t be bitching, honestly). So I explain my stance on nice phones (since this post is about nice phones). It doesn’t contribute much, but it does contribute more than “absolutely nothing to the post’s topic.”

  • triangle

    While it sounds like a great phone, it seems to be lacking an edge. The best thing about the new HTC phones seem to be the cameras and beats audio, but this one doesn’t even feature beats.

    There will definitely people who love this phone, like Richard Yarrell, but if I were on AT&T, I would just want the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Lon

      Other than ICS, what edge dies the nexus have over the new at&t devices? (vivid and the Samsung)

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Not much really. Yes, you get ICS right out of the box and a slightly more powerful processor, but many of the features in ICS are already included in Sense 3.0. People who want a Nexus phone typically like the idea of having stock Android. If you don’t care about stock Android, the new phones from Samsung and HTC will be just as good.

        • Muhammad

          Can you direct me to a spec comparison/contrast between the two new at&t devices and the galaxy nexus? Is it unreasonable to deduce that what we have here are three (four, if you count the droid razr) similarly equipped devices that only differ in UI and physical design? Also, since I have’t been in the market for products during November in a long time, do carriers hold can’t-miss sales/deals during the week of black friday? Would it be prudent to wait on these phones (or others) in the hopes that At&T might offer the vivid or samsung (or maybe a brand new one later on) at a discounted rate later on this month? How likely is this based on recent historical precedent?

          • Muhammad

            also, how does this device differ from t-mobile’s HTC sensation, released in may?

          • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

            Having a comparison spec sheet to line up a few of the latest phones with the Galaxy Nexus would be really nice. We may actually do an entire post on that. The Vivid specs are identical to those of the HTC Amaze 4G. It has the same processor, but it’s clocked at 1.2 instead of 1.5 GHz. The bonus that this phone has is that if features LTE support but AT&T’s current LTE coverage is very limited.

        • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

          Excellent response.

    • Dags -

      If you want Beats Audio, you can just get PowerAMP from the market and set a S-shaped EQ curve. Or better still, set an EQ curve that’s matched to your particular headphones and get sound that’s better than Beats.

  • karimski

    Is it just me…or is this phone super sexy? way better than the current htc phone designs!

  • koldkore

    Is it me or are all these new HTC phones starting to look like the exact same phone/specs over and over per carrier?

    • KoldKore

      NM just answered my own question:

      “The Vivid specs are identical to those of the HTC Amaze 4G. It has the same processor, but it’s clocked at 1.2 instead of 1.5 GHz. The bonus that this phone has is that if features LTE support but AT&T’s current LTE coverage is very limited.”

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      If we were in Europe, HTC would simply release one phone and all the carriers would pick it up. The HTC Sensation, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Vivid are basically all the same. They have a few differences, but this is only because of timing and carrier demands. It’s the same reason why we have different versions of the Galaxy S II with different specs rather than having one phone that all carriers use.

      • muhammad

        if the sensation (may), amaze and vivid are eseentially the same, does it make sense for an at&t user (.e.g myself, :-)) to either purchase the new LTE galaxy, or hold out for something better later this month? how great is the superiority of the new LTE galaxy vis a vis the vivid and other models that may arrive at at&t?

        • muhammad

          this is such a catch-22 for me because i’ve read that samsung is notoriously bad with updates (something that cases great trepidation since the next update is ICS) and htc is fairly better, but here it seems that samsung has the better, updated phone while the vivid is offering the same specs as phones released in may (e.g. the sensation) do.

          • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

            You have to remember that the LTE Galaxy is essentially the same phone that Samsung released in the EU back in Q2. Both the GSII and the Sensation were announced at MWC and hit the market at the same time. The LTE Galaxy has a faster processor while the HTC Vivid has a higher-resolution qHD display.

            The next high end phones from Samsung or HTC for AT&T will probably not come out until mid to late Q1 of next year.

            My suggestion is to wait until both phones come out and spend a good 30-60 minutes playing with them both in the store. Specs don’t always paint the full picture. You’ll know which one will be best for you once you hold it in your hand and actually use it.

      • Muhammad

        That’s a good point. Do you have any insight about the potency of the Vivid or Skyrocket hardware specs when it comes to running ICS? Much has been said that while the GN and its Android competitors share similar specs, the GN specs have been optimized for ICS. How much of a dropoff are we looking at when the Galazy S2 LTE and/or the Vivid are updated and begin to run ICS? Can an analysis of the Vivid/Skyrocket hardware vis a vis the GN give any insight into the expected performance functionality of the Vivid/Skyrocket with ICS?

  • Tick p

    Look a little closer – AT&T offering of two data plans and they aren’t carrying over Unlimited data (only really speculation at this point but what a store rep mentioned this afternoon).
    Both SGS II and Atrix 2 have the 21.1 mbps HSPA+
    If you are not in AT&T LTE area then it’s a waste if time
    Specs look nice on both though. I’m loving 30 day return policy cause I may switch if I can keep unlimited data. Otherwise 21.1 hspa

  • pritams

    fail…